Walyou » Home and Interior http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:42:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 DualShock 3 Coffee Table Is For The Gamers & For The Living Room http://walyou.com/dualshock-3-coffee-table-is-for-the-gamers-for-the-living-room/ http://walyou.com/dualshock-3-coffee-table-is-for-the-gamers-for-the-living-room/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:30:31 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=215170

With PlayStation celebrating its 20 anniversary, you might find yourself craving a little PlayStation love. So why not this DualShock 3 coffee table?

Furniture maker WoodCurve just recently sold this impressive 3/4″ Birch plywood-made coffee table of Sony’s signifying console controller that went for $3,000 USD. Yeah, pretty pricey. But truly a way to show how much you love PlayStation. Well, besides carving a large marble statue of SCE Worldwide Studio’s president Shuhei Yoshida.

Doesn’t hurt that this coffee table is a beauty, too. All the proper DualShock 3 buttons and symbols are well represented from below the custom cut 1/2? tempered glass top, and on side, WoodCurve has even included a neat storage area for your stuff – games, accessories, and yes, even a PlayStation console.

As a complete package, this DualShock 3 coffee table not only makes a statement, but is a functional piece of furniture for any living room. It’s just a shame the only one of its kind just got bought. Perhaps if there’s enough demand, WoodCurve will build more. Here’s hoping!

Source: WoodCurve

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Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier Does Away with Air Pollution http://walyou.com/xiaomi-mi-air-purifier/ http://walyou.com/xiaomi-mi-air-purifier/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:13:18 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=206574

After dethroning Samsung as China’s first and foremost smartphone vendor, Xiaomi launched a lot of gadgets, the latest being the Mi Air Purifier, a welcome addition to the Mi Smart Home Appliance Family.

Publicly announced yesterday, the Mi Air Purifier comes to help us with yet another aspect of our lives that seems to have gotten out of hand, recently. The quality of the air we breathe deteriorates with each passing day, and indoor air often contains up to 10 times more pollutants than the outdoor one. Xiaomi deserves applauses for launching such a product, seeing how China, the home country of this company, is the 13th most polluted country in the world.

Mi Air Purifier is efficient in many ways, the small space it occupies being one of them. While the device is undeniably tall, its footprint is no larger than an A4 sheet of paper.

To clean the indoor air, the Mi Air Purifier employs a system made of 3 distinct filters: a pre-filter, a HEPA filter and a carbon one. When all of these get combined, the resulting air is allergen free and much cleaner than before.

Speaking of efficiency and effectiveness, Mi Air Purifier has a debit of 10.000 liters of air per minute, or 460 m3 per hour. Since the manufacturer claims that this is enough for purifying the air in an up to 48 m2 area, I’d say that the device is good enough for small apartments and offices or conference rooms. Anything larger than that and you may need to buy more of these.

As any good smart home device out there, the Mi Air Purifier comes with a companion app that enables you to schedule it, control its speed and monitor air quality in real time.

Check out the following video to get an idea about how the Mi Air Purifier looks and works in real life:

The Mi Air Purifier will be available for RMB 899 (approximately USD $145), while the filter will carry a price tag of RMB 149 (around USD $24). Assuming that this product gets the necessary certifications to be sold in Europe and the US, expect the price to be a tad higher, as shipping and other costs will be added to the bill. Regardless of the price, let’s just hope that the Mi Air Purifier won’t end up being a China-exclusive product, as the Mi TV 2 currently is.

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Playbulb candle: LED lights change colors via your smartphone http://walyou.com/playbulb-candle-led-lights/ http://walyou.com/playbulb-candle-led-lights/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:00:46 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=179778

Getting the right mood in a room has never been easier as with the Playbulb candle, a series of LED bulbs that switch colors via a smartphone app.

The Playbulb candle is one of those ideas so simple yet brilliant that makes you wonder how come no one came up with it before. The MIPOW USA team from San José, California came up with the concept, a mobile App controlled device that makes light change colors. No matter what colors you like or what mood strikes you, any color is just a couple taps away thanks to the app in your smartphone, available at both App Store and Google Play Store. Users can turn them on or off from the app, but as the whole point of Playbulb is to be fun, users can also blow them as if they were regular candles.

Playbulb candles use LED light instead of flame, so they’re safe for any room. They have a timer for battery saving purposes and is also highly portable.

The product is in the process of being funded via Kickstarter, but has already surpassed the initial goal over 200%, so expect to see it in retail very soon.

Via Kickstarter

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Robot Couch will transport you anywhere http://walyou.com/robot-couch/ http://walyou.com/robot-couch/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:00:16 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=179200

What started out as a joke became a reality: this is literally couch surfing, a moving couch that can take you around the city.

UNSW (Univeristy of South New Wales) students in Australia came up with quite a concept: a robotic couch that can become your mean of transportation by moving on its own, while being controller by an Xbox 360 gamepad. The project came from the minds of Steph McArthur and Will Andrew, both engineering students who came up with the project as a joke. The project has received several successful test runs, and has since then been set to be an attraction at UNSW’s Open Day.

The couch uses electric scooter motors to drive the wheels, which are connected to a central controller to regulate the speed, also, if the video above serves as reference, it can be quite fast, too. Are we ready to replace our cars yet? Apparently, the students were so inspired by this idea that now they want to create a robotic fridge. Well, they need to make that happen, the kitchen is way too far away from our living rooms and bedrooms anyways.

Via Technabob & UNSW Newsroom

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Space Invaders toilet paper holder is out of this world http://walyou.com/space-invaders-toilet-paper-holder/ http://walyou.com/space-invaders-toilet-paper-holder/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:00:07 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=178284

We are lucky to live in a time where retro never goes out of style. Space Invaders now look at home everywhere, even in the bathrooms of your house thanks to the magic of 3d printing.

An Etsy user by the name of Taj Mahalo came up with this neat concept for 3-D printing enthusiasts with a soft spot for 80s gaming: a 3-D printed Space Invaders toilet paper holder that you can get for $20 USD. The holder sports the look of one of the many space invaders, but even though there will be only one in your bathroom, it will just remain static instead of going faster and faster until it makes you lose.

Via Geekologie

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QlockTwo: clock meet grammar, and it looks fantastic http://walyou.com/qlocktwo/ http://walyou.com/qlocktwo/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:00:01 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=177199

It’s hard to get wall clocks right: they’re either impossible to read or just plain boring, but here comes QlockTwo with a creative take on how to do these right.

You won’t have any trouble reading the QlockTwo, because it’s going to tell you the time right in your face so you can read it, The creators are Biegert & Funk, who came up with the idea of a clock that simply lights up beautiful typography to tell you the time and decorate your walls.

The words aren’t always aligned in the right order, but that doesn’t make it illegible or anything, just adds a somewhat unique charm to the concept. The front panel of the QlockTwo measures 17.72″ on each side and goes attached to the front with magnets, while it uses LEDs to light up the letters, maximizing brightness and energy consumption in the same process.

Source: Homes and hues

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Sentri Takes Home Security to the Next Level http://walyou.com/sentri-home-security-system/ http://walyou.com/sentri-home-security-system/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:52:43 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=176498

Depending on how much you are willing to spend to secure your valuables, a security system’s price ranges from several hundreds to a few thousand dollars. Sentri means to prove that it’s one of the most cost-effective security solutions on the market.

The latest trend in terms of home security systems is to make these accessible from remote locations. Still, it’s one thing to view what happens at home while you’re away, and a totally different thing to be able to control the security system remotely. Fortunately, Sentri is a complete smart home security system that tackles both of these problems graciously.

Sentri includes all the things that makes a security system great: an HD video camera, a motion detector and a few sensors for measuring your home’s humidity levels, temperature, and air quality. The camera is able to record videos in various light conditions, so if you happen to be away at night, you needn’t worry. All the data picked up by the sensors is displayed on a minimalistic, yet appealing display. Once set up, Sentri can be accessed via mobile apps from anywhere else in the world.

This is how the developers of Sentri describe their product: “Unlike traditional security systems, which can take hours to set up and cost upwards of $1,000 a system to install in addition to monthly service fees, Sentri is ready to use out of the box with no professional installation service required. Simply plug in, power on, and connect to your home’s WiFi network.

With Sentri, we imagined – and built – a home that is as intelligent as you are, one that not only provides you with a smarter view of your home, but also empowers smarter decisions that result in safer homes.”

Sentri is currently featured on Kickstarter, where 640 backers have already provided $21K more than the initial $200K goal. In fact, the goal was reached within 48 hours since the crowdfunding campaign started. In this context, anyone who pledged $249 (or $199 as an early bird) will get their Sentri in May 2015.

I think it’s great that Sentri does more than protecting you, in that it measures and displays relevant data regarding your home. If you know these, you can proceed to adjusting the environmental variables (humidity and temperature), in order to make staying at home as pleasant as possible.

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Woven Night Skies Miraculously Bring Aurora Borealis Into Your Living Room http://walyou.com/woven-night-skies-aurora-borealis/ http://walyou.com/woven-night-skies-aurora-borealis/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:25:40 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=176437

Now you no longer have to be in Canada or Norway to witness the northern lights. If until recently only the ones from those countries could stare amazed at this natural wonder, technology can now bring this incredible phenomenon inside your home.

Great in conference rooms, even better in the bedroom, the Woven Night Skies, as these paneled window coverings are called, can duplicate the effect of the Aurora Borealis, without you having to take a plane to the extreme North. In conference rooms, these should create an impressive effect, as they are turned on automatically when turning off the lights in order to show a presentation or a slideshow. In the bedroom, such lights could definitely change the atmosphere into something more romantic, without needing to endure extremely low temperatures.

Dutch designer Chris Kabel created the Woven Night Skies in collaboration with TextielLab, a studio specialized in manufacturing unique fabrics.

“What kind of magic is this?” I hear you ask. Well, the secret of the Woven Night Skies is the glow-in-the-dark cotton yarn that absorbs light while your bulbs are on, and emits it when you switch off the lights. The digitally-produced patterns will definitely bring to mind the Northern Lights.

A lot of progress is made in interior design, I reckon, as well as in home automation. The light fixtures that people get, as well as the other sources of light, need to be unique, in order to make a home extraordinary. After all, it would be pretty sad if all of us lived in homes that shared the same design. That being said, advancements can be seen not only in light fixtures, but also in add-on modules for your blinds.

There’s no denying that the “real thing” is far better than these paneled window coverings, but you have to realize that moving to the extreme North (as well as simply going there) is quite difficult, and the ones who want to experience that effect every day might go for the Woven Night Skies, instead. As a joke, some people suggest either moving to Alaska or giving up altogether on the idea of having the Northern Lights indoors. All in all, the idea is really nice, but I think there might be some room left for improvements, just in case the Dutch designer ever plans to work some more on this project.

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We Could Say This Lamp Is The Bomb… And We’d Be Right http://walyou.com/we-could-say-this-lamp-is-the-bomb-and-wed-be-right/ http://walyou.com/we-could-say-this-lamp-is-the-bomb-and-wed-be-right/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:00:25 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=174294

One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure or piece of art… and turns out even the army (particularly the army) has a lot of stuff to dispose of.

The guys at Stockpile Designs (based on Brooklyn, NY) are the masterminds behind the Megaton floor lamp, a lamp that was made with the hand-polished casing of a Korean War kinetic bomb. The bomb is suspended 42 inches above the ground on a stand, and they promise that it won’t explode, even if it falls, as the insides have been replaced by wiring for the most unique lamp design we’ve seen. This lamp retails for $1,680, but hey, if explosive things are the only furniture you’ll accept, it might be worth considering.

Source: Gizmodo

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EmoSPARK Brings Artificial Intelligence Into Your Home http://walyou.com/emospark-artificial-intelligence-home-console/ http://walyou.com/emospark-artificial-intelligence-home-console/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:30:06 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=173659

Smart homes are getting one step closer to reality, thanks to this crowdfunded AI home console. The fact that it interacts with humans and intends to change their mood makes EmoSPARK a quite nice virtual companion.

Unlike other products that intend to change your mood by tightening the connection between you and your smartphone/tablet/computer, EmoSPARK also adds your friends to the equation. This real-life companion cube does more than just measuring your emotions and making activity suggestions based on the results. It actually promises to radically change the way you use your smartphone, tablet and TV, as well as the way you play games.

EmoSPARK relies on face detection technology to identify you and your emotional state. It then creates an emotional profile graph, and if things don’t look right, the cube breaks the silence, either via your smartphone or via the home console itself. The device makes suggestions when it thinks you are bored, brings you the latest notifications from the social networks you’re connected to, and can even act as a timer when you want to cook and don’t have a watch handy. The best thing of all? It can track multiple people simultaneously, acknowledges when a new person enters its visual field and can even interact with the ones it does now know yet. On one hand, this project is definitely interesting and revolutionary, while on the other hand, it may seem a tad bit creepy. Because of that, it’s probably better to place the cube in a room that’s empty during the night.

As I mentioned before, this is a crowdfunded project. EmoSPARK’s Indiegogo campaign still had 6 days to go at press time, but the company had already exceeded its $100,000 goal by 23 percent, so there’s no doubt that the intelligent cube will enter mass production soon. If you still want to get one while it’s hot, you’ll have to contribute $249. The devices are expected to be delivered in April, which means that manufacturing these things really doesn’t take a lot of time.

Remember The Sims, the life simulation video game where you tried to help a virtual character evolve, while also changing his or her mood several times a day? Well, I’ve got some bad news for you, sunshine. You’re the Sim now! Watch the following video if you still don’t believe me.

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